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Fishing tournament benefits Wounded Warriors

Fox 29's Rachel Leigh brings in a dolphin. Fox 29's Rachel Leigh brings in a dolphin.

JUPITER, FL (WFLX) - More than 50 boats were on the Intracoastal Saturday morning hoping to raise money for the first ever Cinco de Mayo KDW Fishing Tournament benefiting the Wounded Warriors of South Florida. Anglers participated in the event casting their fishing lines at 7 in the morning.

"I think we have 54 boats in the tournament and yeah we're excited about it," Capt. Johnny Ringo of StingRay Tournament Series said. 

Capt. Ringo said there were more than $30,000 in prizes that were going to be handed out for winners.  

Whoever caught the largest Atlantic Bonito would win $500, but a portion of the proceeds would go to the Wounded Warriors of South Florida. "I personally have no military ties, but what we're doing here today is, because they're over there protecting us so we can do what we do in our daily lives," Capt. Ringo said.

The organization helps local wounded veterans who are home from Iraq and Afghanistan. "We've got veterans coming back that are still injured and hurt, and once we actually pull out it's going to blow up and be even bigger," Gunnery Sgt. Robert McKenna said. 

He said the organization helps with everything for the injured soldiers, from fixing their car problems to helping them pay bills they can't afford. 

The need is growing for funds so he's happy this tournament is trying to help.

One more thing he hopes will help, is if one of the three soldiers fishing catches an IGFA record breaking Kingfish, Dolphin or Wahoo.  

If someone caught that and IGFA determined it was large enough to break the record they'd win $100,000.

"We're going for that 100 grand," Sgt. McKenna said. "I already told the Captain 20 percent will go to you and the rest will go to Wounded Warriors."

A much needed boost, but Capt. Ringo said a lot of things must line up to make it happen. "Anything's possible," he said. "You just have to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right bait, on the right boat, with the right gear."

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